Rising Star Jonathan Ferrucci performed powerful, breathtaking pieces during his Wigmore Hall concert, as part of the Young Classical Artists Trust event, which is considered an excellent destination point for emerging talent.Read More
Italian-Australian pianist Jonathan Ferrucci is Portland Piano International / SOLO’s next Rising Star, set to perform April 13, 14, and 20.Read More
Piano Day 2019 is fast approaching, happening around the world this Friday, March 29! With that in mind, we have just 14% space left to sign up to perform in and around Portland!Read More
Have you considered signing up for Piano Day, but not sure what to play during your time?
Sometimes the decision can be overwhelming, especially with the breadth of options. If you don’t already have a number of pieces in your musical toolbox for emergencies (such as when someone asks you to “play something” when they learn you are a musician), here are five relatively easy, but equally impressive pieces.
Try some of these out for our Piano Day on March 29. Sign up now!Read More
Whether you are a professional or an amateur, the love for the piano runs deep. There is a special connection and camaraderie among pianists, from Bach and Beethoven to the neighbor down the street.Read More
Portland Piano International has organized an ultimate two-week visit to Italy that will delight anyone who loves the piano, fine food, the good life, and all things Italian! This trip coincides with the Trasimeno Music Festival, created and directed by renowned pianist Angela Hewitt.Read More
This year, Portland Piano International / SOLO celebrates Piano Day on March 29. Piano Day happens on the 88th day of the year because the modern piano has 88 keys. Last year 70+ individuals performed 1,590 minutes of music on Piano Day and helped raise more than $20,000. The hope is to surpass this milestone of persons, minutes and donations.Read More
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is a connoisseur of musical styles. He likes “too much music”, as he puts it, to focus on one particular style. This expanse of curiosity paid off in Grosvenor’s latest album, Homages.Read More
On SUN / FEB 24, two excellent concert pianists, Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss, will combine their talents into a masterpiece of an evening as part of our collaboration with Chamber Music Northwest. This stunning program will be the first-ever concert in the acoustically superb Temple Beth Israel, considered one of the finest examples of Byzantine-style architecture on the West Coast.Read More
Portland Piano International / SOLO presents three public hour-long performances by Rising Star Italian pianist Filippo Gorini from February 9 to 11, 2019.Read More
In these present concerts, it seems to me, the astonishing young Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov has invited us back to one of the “golden eras” of the piano, the one that is usually called “the great Russian tradition.” Of course, not all the music on these programs is by Russian composers (Liszt was Hungarian, for instance, and Wagner a German), but the characteristic feats of superhuman technical virtuosity, utterly voluptuous sensuality and drama in both melody and overall structure of the composition, and great eruptions of anxiety, pathos, passion, and transcendence are all here in over-abundance. This is music that came into being at the dawn of modernity, if we may by that term mean the beginnings of scientific understanding of the mind and human impulses (psychology), the utter transformation of work away from agriculture and craftsmanship toward industry and the increasingly fast pace of everyday life, and, in European culture, a growing focus on the individual artist and her or his soliloquy on meaning and personal experience.Read More
On SUN / JAN 27, Behzod Abduraimov will team up with his former teacher, Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch for a performance on two pianos. An Uzbekistani-born American pianist, Stanislav has studied and performed all over Europe, the United States and Asia, as well as collaborated with top musicians and conductors.Read More
SOLO / Portland Piano International has announced the Finalists for the 2019 Youth Piano Concerto Competition. For the last 90+ years, Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) has held a biennial piano concerto competition, with the top prize of performing with Portland Youth Philharmonic. Last spring PYP asked Portland Piano International / SOLO to take on the running of the Competition and increase public awareness and involvement in the Competition.Read More
As our upcoming guest curator for the 2019 / 2020 SOLO season, we obviously love Marc-André Hamelin’s work and can’t wait to have him involved in Portland. In this Cliburn Live performance video, he displays his pristine playing his fans have come to relish.Read More
Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch teams up with Behzod Abduraimov with Arensky's Suite for Two Pianos, No. 1, Op. 15 on SUN / JAN 27. But don't let that stop you from attending Saturday's performance, too, where Behzod delivers Prokofiev's 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75.
Have you heard this work? It's really worth a listen. Hear Evgeny Kissin perform excerpts here to get a taste of it.Read More